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Update January 28: CSX officials were in Charleston yesterday to discuss key points of their rail plan proposal that they believe would save taxpayers between $60 million and $100 million.
Instead of undoing years of residential development, CSX officials propose using the Macalloy site adjacent to a planned access road connecting the new port terminal with Interstate 26. This would eliminate the Commerce Department's plan for a $100 million overpass and would require no diesel-emitting trucks to haul containers between the docks and the rail yard over other public roads.
CSX also promised to allow Norfolk Southern access to CSX railroads by charging only a very reasonable fee.
The Post and Courier has solid coverage of the meeting and more on CSX's sound proposal.
First reporting: At yesterday's meeting of leading figures in the ongoing North Charleston rail debate pressure increased on disagreeing parties to find a deal that works.
The Charleston Regional Business Journal is reporting that increasingly hot language was being used, like the parties being told to find a solution or one would be found for them, and that the need for a solution that allow dual rail service to the port is a myth.
My money would be on Norfolk Southern using all this back and forth to negotiate better rates and terms cut across CSX's lines, if not to outright use CSX's intermodal facility.
- Catch up on the full back story on our North Charleston rail topic page.